Minimal Prep Veneers

Getting a very predictable, strong and aesthetic end result with minimal to no preparation involves a technique that can be as challenging, or even more, than conventionally prepared restorations. In this case, no-prep or partial prep veneers often requires a certain amount of enamel contouring.
There are more benefits than limitations. Partial prep veneers allow the clinician and the patient to benefit from non-invasive contouring or enamelopasty, usually do not require an injection or temporization, and they are non-destructive of vital tooth structure.
Partial prep veneers are indicated when patients have short, worn teeth, and in cases in which teeth need more “presence”. There is also high success potential in cases with misalignment in which one or more teeth are in a lingual position.

It is very important to choose the proper material to fabricate the partial prep veneers. Although traditional stacked porcelain is the most widely used material, they can also be made of IPS and e-max pressed lithium disilicate.
Since this type of restoration is based in functional and aesthetic design, when planning partial prep veneers, prior information the dentist needs includes bite records; face bow; photos (full face, pre-operative smile, lip at rest, teeth closed, teeth separated, lateral views, occlusal views; shades both existing and desired; impressions or models; and the patient’s expectations and goals.


Composite Veneers

An excellent option to repair cracked, chipped teeth, and improve the color, shape, position and alignment for aesthetic reasons are these thin shells of tooth-colored, composite resin veneers, custom made to fit over teeth.

Composite veneer, also known as composite bonding, provides a straighter, more uniform smile, and improves overall appearance of the teeth. This restoration can also be used to close gaps and reshape misaligned teeth. In some cases, composite veneer improves the texture of teeth to make them more attractive and aesthetically pleasing.

This type of veneer is indicated in cases of decayed teeth to fill cavities as well as to close spaces between teeth, to make teeth look longer, and also to protect a portion of the tooth’s root that has been exposed when gums recede, and as a cosmetic alternative to amalgam fillings.

Normally, composite veneers can be completed in one office visit while porcelain veneers are fabricated in a dental laboratory and therefore require at least two visits. Composite veneer is considered the easiest and least expensive of all cosmetic dental procederes.

When compared to porcelain veneers, composite veneers have a lot of advantages. Must be taken into account that conventional porcelain veneer requires the tooth to be cut down before placement, and composite veneer requires little or no preparation, thus, this type of veneer is less destructive and more preservativo.

Special care of composite resin veneers is not required. Simply follow good oral hygiene practices like brushing teeth at least twice a day, flossing at least once a day, and visiting the dentist regularly for dental cleanings and regular check-ups.

Porcelain Veneers

These thin pieces of porcelain are bonded to the front surface of the teeth, recreating its natural look in color, size, shape or length. This material is preferred for those looking to make slight position alterations, and changes to the enamel to improve its appearance, mainly for aesthetic purposes.

Similarly to composite veneer uses, porcelain veneer is indicated to fix chipped, broken, or discolored teeth as well as teeth that are worn down, misaligned, uneven, or irregularly shaped. Porcelain veneers are also indicated when teeth have gaps between them.

Both porcelain and composite veneers serve the same purposes and require the same procedure to be placed. However, porcelain veneers are more expensive and its placement requires more time (at least two office visits) as well as more expertise and resources to fabricate them and bond them.

Porcelain veneers resit stains better than composite veneers, and better mimic the light reflecting properties of natural teeth, that’s the reason why they are usually preferred when aesthetic is the priority.

The differences with composite veneers are due to quality, stability and longevity of the two materials. The biggest disadvantage is that they cannot be repaired. When a porcelain veneer is broken, it must to be replaced.

Da Vinci Veneers

More than a type of restoration, Da Vinci Veneer is a brand of thin ceramic veneers, named this way because it is created at the da Vinci Dental Studio in California, United States.

This laboratory was the first to introduce porcelain veneers to the west coast three decades ago and, since then has been crafting veneers for Hollywood stars because they ensure precise fit, perfect color matching and natural radiance. Da Vinci Veneer received wide public recognition after been used on the television shows Extreme Makeover and The Swan.

These high quality, hand-crafted ultra-thin shells of ceramic material, bonded to the front of the teeth, are designed to improve the appearance of the smile, by hiding discoloration and damage, and brightening teeth. They are also an excellent solution for repairing chipped teeth, closing spaces and eliminating minor gaps in teeth.

Da Vinci Veneer is a high aesthetic, minimally invasive treatment that requires little or no anaesthesia. It is also highly resistant to permanent staining from coffee, tea or cigarette smoking.

The process involves three steps. After establishing a treatment plan with the dentist, a thin layer, less than a millimeter of the tooth is removed and the surface prepared for the veneer. A temporary veneer is placed while the final veneer is crafted and, once it is ready, the Da Vinci Veneer is bonded with special cement but not without first having made sure it is the perfect fit.

The advantage of Da Vinci Veneers is that they provide an aesthetic pleasing natural looking smile due to the use of exotic fluorescent porcelains that enhance the beauty, realism and strength.

Zirconia Veneers

This type of porcelain veneer is made of zirconia, a popular dental material known for its strength, resistant to fracture, and its ability to mask discolored underlying tooth structure thanks to its opaque surface.

Zirconia Veneer is an outstanding restoration obtained through computer milling using CAD-CAM system, that’s the reason why it is highly possible to get the most identical look with the most precise size, shape and color. The difference with traditional porcelain veneers is that Zirconia Venner is fabricated with the use of machines.

Because of the use of CAD-CAM system, the fabrication of this veneer offers the highest level of precision, and guarantees highly improved aesthetic results, not just good looking teeth but with enhance strength too.

A restoration of this nature is minimally invasive. In addition, Zirconia Veneer has the ability to alter the color of the dark tooth to approximate that of the adjacent teeth.

Among the many advantages, shorter time for this process to be done and completed is required. Although Zirconia Veneers are more expensive than traditional porcelain veneers, the amount of money a patient will pay for a procedure that can last more than 20 years will surely be worth it.

The technique for placing Zirconia Veneers is truly complicated and not most dentists are skilled. Our dentists at America Dental are highly skilled for providing the best looking Zirconia Veneers, enhancing the smile and protecting the teeth.

Emax Veneers

Emax products are relatively new to the market but have gained popularity, becoming a major breakthrough in cosmetic dentistry. Emax Veneers improve the color, shape and position of the teeth, just like the rest of the veneers do, but Emax Veneers can be cut much thinner to be permanently cemented over teeth, and they still remain durable.

One reason to prefer this type of veneer is the combination of its high aesthetics and superior strength, due to the use of a more hard-wearing material for its fabricación.

Because an Emax Veneer can be cut to a fraction of a millimetre, this treatment is minimally invasive. With Emax Veneer, it is possible to preserve a large amount of the tooth structure compared with conventional products, thus, patients can have the synthetic laminates removed in the future, if for some reason they wish to.

Technology provided by Emax allows this type of veneer to fix crooked, discolored, stained, and chipped or cracked teeth as well as reshape teeth patients are unhappy with.

Emax Veneers are natural-looking and contain no metal. When it comes to improve aesthetics, usually of the top six to ten teeth in the visible smile zone, a lot of dentists prefer Emax because of its strength, durability, and vitality of the material.

These veneers can last for many years and even a lifetime with a proper daily hygiene routine of brushing and flossing, and a yearly check-up visit to the dentist. If small chips should occur over time, Emax Veneers can be repaired or, if necessary, replaced.

Mac Veneers

The most contemporary form of veneers that can transform the least impressive smile into the most flawless, radiant and natural one is produced by a particular dental laboratory in California, USA, MicroDental, taking advantage of their best cosmetic technicians since several years ago.

MAC veneers are made using state of the art pressed ceramic technology. These veneers are thicker and two to three times stronger than traditional dental veneers, thus, they are far more long lasting.

This type of veneer is preferred mainly for its aesthetic appeal but it also can improve a variety of dental problems like chipped and widely spaced teeth. The material of which MAC veneer is made is highly resistant to wear and tear and also has superior resistance to staining.

The procedure is similar to that used in most restorations. An impression is sent to the laboratory where the veneer is custom made, taking into account the facial and oral dimensions. In this case, it is also necessary to include pictures for more accurate specifications.

Among their advantages, MAC veneers are not abrasive to the existing teeth, they are easily compatible with dental crowns, dental bridges, inlays and onlays, and they have an amazing realistic appearance.

Additionally, MAC veneers can be placed on the teeth along with other treatments like tooth whitening simultaneously.


When trying to avoid the painful and anxious experience of grinding down original tooth structure that placement of traditional veneers involves, Lumineers are a popular option because they are bonded to the front surface of the existing teeth without having to remove tooth estructure.

A Lumineers restoration is ultra-thin (approximately 0.2 mm), as thin as a contact lens, thus, it often does not require the dentist to grind, cut or file down any tooth structure for placement, what makes this procedure as minimally invasive as possible.

This highly translucent alternative is more than a type of veneer a brand of porcelain veneers. Similar to most of dental restorations, Lumineers can be placed in two visits. The first visit involves taking a precision custom mold and choosing the shade that works best. On the second visit, the dentist check the Lumineers for fit and shade, and place them.

Like traditional porcelain veneers, Lumineers restorations are suitable for a variety of dental cosmetic motives, including chipped, cracked, worn, stained, discolored and misaligned teeth. They can also be braces substituto.

With this excellent cosmetic solution there is no pain or discomfort during placement, thanks to its quick and easy process. Once the procedure is completed, there is no tooth sensitivity, and permanently white result is guaranteed for many years.